Norman making a name for himself, CCU at East-West

Coastal Carolina cornerback Josh Norman is making a strong impression on NFL coaches and scouts at this week’s East-West Shrine Game practice in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Norman is one of only 20 prospects from non-FBS schools participating the East-West Shrine Game, but he is showing he can go toe-to-toe with the best players from major conferences.

According to a NFLDraftScout.com article written by Dane Brugler, “Norman might be having the strongest week of any player in attendance through the first two days of practice.”

From NFL.com, Buck Brooks reported “an NFC South official proclaimed Norman as one of the top small prospects at the game.” And Tony Pauline of SI.com said “Of all the defensive backs in attendance, Norman is the one that truly passes the eyeball test.”

Norman is not a no-name among his FBS peers. He was selected to three FBS All-American teams and has been on the radar screens of NFL scouts throughout the season. And Coastal Carolina is no longer a no-name in NFL circles now that five alumni have reached the league since 2007.

But it appears his name is moving up the draft board. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. listed Norman as a borderline draft pick entering the week of practice but he’s now being considered a potential “mid- to late-round steal.”

Norman is a three-time, first team All-Big South selection and was a 2009 third team All-American after shattering a Big South single-season record and ranking second in the NCAA with eight interceptions.

This past season, Norman was named to various All-American teams and led the Chanticleers in tackles and led the Big South in both passes defended (1.27) and pass breakups (12). Nationally, his 12 PBU ranks sixth-best, while his 1.27 passes defended ranks 10th-best.

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